Less than 24 hours removed from a decisive Fiesta Bowl win over the Kansas State Wildcats, Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is reportedly “close” to a deal with the Browns. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the news Friday evening:
This is the second coach now who has rejected the Eagles, the first being Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. While it is obvious that the Browns are offering Kelly a lot of money with a lot of managerial control, the Eagles have continually given themselves a bad name by having a head coach and General Manager who like to do things their own way. A 4-12 team needs to do a lot of rebuilding, and a lot of that rebuilding power should be in the hands of a new head coach.
Joe Banner clearly won the power struggle over Kelly with Jeffrey Lurie, but this is a good thing for two reasons: first, while Kelly was a very good option, Mike McCoy, Bruce Arians, and others might be a better fit for the job. Second, it means the Eagles aren’t rushing into any decisions and are making sure they get the right man for the job.